Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Big ideas during a big night in Big ideas during a big night in
November 7th, 2010

Tomorrow, on Monday night and we won’t have a television hooked up at home. Truth be told, I don’t spend that much time in front of the box, but if I did, I’ve nothing to fear, for Baltan Laboratories is having an Exciting Evening at Home!

Three speakers, a beamer, two record players, and party food will help us feel a bit more at home – as do current developments in media technology when we’re not at home. Tomorrow night, Baltan Laboratories is opening up its hearth to you and Oliver Schürer, Tatjana Djordjevic and Marc Maurer. They will tell you what their take is on the link between media and architecture.
I really hope to make it. If I can’t, why don’t you pop over and make yourself at home?

Emptying a home to fill it with talent Emptying a home to fill it with talent
October 31st, 2010

What I like about the idea of the House of Talent is that many of the designs to be seen during a week like this can be somewhat obtuse, hardly practical – bordering on art. There’s nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, sometimes you feel like you’re walking through a trade show or some sort of “home and interiors fair” which is a little bit uninspiring in terms of “design” in an important sense (mind you, beautiful stuff). What this House of Talent is, is three-fold. It creates a podium for a range of designers and it puts an interesting range of products in context. Then there’s the third bit. You need the talent of curators Nanning and Mischa to put the right pieces together, from the right curtain color to the complementary artwork (not part of the exhibition, but fitting nonetheless).

Did somebody mention a monumental mansion? Did somebody mention a monumental mansion?
September 14th, 2010

Open Monumenten Dag (Open Monument/Heritage Day) is a good way to discover the heritage of Eindhoven. Not only tourists can learn new things about the city, long time inhabitants can be just as surprised by the buildings on display. I thought I knew my share about old industrialists’ mansions in Eindhoven since I live next to (unfortunately not in…) the ‘Villapark’ neighbourhood, which is peppered with these disproportionally large houses. This year’s theme of Open Monument Day, ‘the taste of the 19th century’, showed me some villas I’d never laid eyes on before. Contributed by Floris.

Flux-s photo documentary Part II Flux-s photo documentary Part II
September 12th, 2010

Some more stuff that filled The Dossier files these last 3 days: check out the second part of the Flux-s photo documentary.

Crossing boundaries Crossing boundaries
July 8th, 2010

Marc Maurer (1969), architect, has been on the scene for a good decade, almost two. His secret to looking so young for his years may be his approach to creativity – which requires collaboration and a playful approach to an aspect of life that he takes very seriously. But like all those young at heart, he’s most interested in pushing the envelope.

“The future is black” “The future is black”
June 30th, 2010

When people are passionate, you can’t help but feel passionate for them, or try to see what it is they are passionate about. Today I went to see a Baltan Laboratories presentation by three such passionate guest speakers. Director of Baltan Laboratories, Angela Plohman, opened by explaining the nature of the organisation: a 2 year pilot program of an art and media lab whose activities include residences and workshops, exploring what the lab of the future might be. Today’s session would be on “copylefting” and the results of the EMF Orchestra workshop which was run earlier today by Wendy Van Wynsberghe and Peter Westenberg from Constant in Brussels. But first we listened to how Julien Ottavi, from APO33 in Nantes, listens to the world around us, and about his electromagnetic spectrum research.

“We are performing culture” “We are performing culture”
June 30th, 2010

It is hot today within the flimsy walls of La Città Mobile, but it doesn’t stop a small group of thirty or so curious Eindhoven residents from gathering to discuss “adapative reuse” of local buildings. A pithy topic, perhaps, on a very sticky Sunday afternoon. This session marks the beginning of an ongoing dialogue. I feel uplifted that such a discussion has come into being. I have started this blog to document creativity and cultural happenings in Eindhoven. So, I come to watch it happen in real life.

Big village or small city? MADe event Big village or small city? MADe event
June 12th, 2010

Last night, I met about 6 new people at the final MADe event of the 2009/2010 season. We really bonded; we shared stupid gags, promised to meet each other again and kissed each other goodnight at the end of the night. One MADe guest, Nancy, said it was really an “Eindhoven event. It´s got interesting people, a great topic, it´s a really spontaneous event and it´s small. You couldn´t attend something like this in Amsterdam.” Not a shred of judgementalism in that sentence. Because if you’re going to be honest, that´s what Eindhoven is – a city on a small scale. A big village.